Turkish authorities believe they have identified the suspected gunman responsible for the New Year’s attack at an Istanbul nightclub that killed at least 39 people. A lone gunman shot his way into the Reina nightclub early Sunday, which was packed with holiday revelers.
CCTV images of the suspect have been released and a chilling “selfie” apparently filmed by him in Taksim Square has appeared online. Eight suspects have been arrested in Istanbul and another four across Turkey.
Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told reporters: “Information about the fingerprints and basic appearance of the terrorist have been found. The next step will be to try to identify him as quickly as we can. We hope we will not only find the terrorist but also his connections and those people who gave him support inside and outside the club.”
The apparent selfie lasts for around 45 seconds and shows a young man in a dark hooded coat walking round Taksim Square. He looks into the camera, at one point smiling calmly, but says nothing.
A number of new videos have emerged since the attack took place. In one, a group of people appear to be chatting at the entrance of the club when a man opens fire. Another appears to show the suspect in a currency shop in Istanbul before the massacre. According to local media reports published by the BBC, police believe the suspect may be from Uzbekistan or Kyrgyzstan.